Last night a Trump Wall finally came to fruition, but it wasn’t quite the kind the Republican candidate has spent the last several months proselytizing. Instead, it took shape as a barrier of taco trucks surrounding the candidate’s eponymous hotel in Vegas.
They weren’t just there to sling al pastor, either: The protest was organized by the Culinary Union, which represents more than 50,000 hospitality workers in the state of Nevada. As CNN reports, “the Trump hotel is one of the very few on the Las Vegas Strip that does not have union-negotiated contracts for its workers.”
The “wall” was formed by six taco trucks, and more than 100 people showed up to join the movement, rallying for workers’ rights and against Trump’s presidential bid.
A few hours ago, a #WallOfTacos lined up in front of @TrumpLasVegas whikle hundreds of workers protested. #DebateNight pic.twitter.com/yZqtXeloUn— The Culinary Union (@Culinary226) October 20, 2016
Protesters even constructed their own mini wall on which they scrawled messages like “viva la raza” (roughly, “long live the people”).
Que viva nuestra comunidad Latina! #bastatrump #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner @VLActionNetwork pic.twitter.com/fVgZOPSWfU— Maria Urbina (@Marijose489) October 19, 2016
Taco trucks became an emblem of the backlash to the Trump campaign after the leader of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez, famously stated that if immigration were to go unchecked, America would have “a taco truck on every corner.” The statement almost instantly gave way to a trending hashtag and countless memes.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson also showed up to the rally, calling for Americans to build “bridges, not walls”:
Rev Jesse Jackson at #WallOfTacos in Vegas pic.twitter.com/hgIdGCrWI2— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) October 19, 2016
Planned Parenthood was on hand to distribute some anti-Trump memorabilia in the form of condoms:
Planned Parenthood is here, handing out condoms that say "Protect yourself from Trump" #walloftacos pic.twitter.com/lGYh6Aki7r— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) October 19, 2016
And once all the protesters had worked up an appetite chanting “Dump Trump,” tacos were served:
Tacos being served at the #BastaTrump protest outside Trump hotel #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner pic.twitter.com/3pYj6sTYVF— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) October 19, 2016
“Taco trucks united workers in Vegas cuz Trump is one #badhombre,” one attendee tweeted this morning along with photos from the rally. During last night’s debate, the Republican candidate reiterated his immigrant deportation plan by saying, “We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out.”
@HuffingtonPost Rebecca Shapiro #chalkboardchange and taco trucks united workers in Vegas cuz Trump is one #badhombre pic.twitter.com/rcIGJA0O7S— ChalkboardChange (@Chalkbdchange) October 20, 2016
Following the infamous “taco trucks” comment, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce launched an initiative called Guac the Vote that utilized taco trucks to register voters. Perhaps the only thing more tasty than tacos is democracy.
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